Anthony Martial has accused Jose Mourinho of mocking him. The special anchored Martial on the bench after joining Manchester United, preferring to rely on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez.
“It all started with my number,” the French striker told France Football. “Even during the vacation, he started sending me messages asking if I wanted to change my number to #11, he was convincing me how great it is because of the legend Ryan Giggs.
I explained to him that I have a lot of respect for Giggs, but also that I want to keep the “nine”. When I returned to the club, however, I saw that I was already going to play with #11. It all started from there.
He mocked me openly. He was talking about me in front of the press, biting lines here and there, as he had done with Kraim Benzema at Real Madrid. In the first half of the 2017/18 season, I was the team’s top scorer, but he took Alexis Sanchez and then I hardly played.
And this is happening in the pre-World Cup campaign. It cost me a lot, especially since France won. I should have been there.”
Martial, quoted by webcafe.bg, spent last season on loan in Sevilla. The forward is currently nursing an Achilles injury, having played just 45 minutes since the start of the season.